by Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front

STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – As Shell Chemical is building a new plastics production plant in western Pennsylvania, there’s been outrage worldwide over environmental problems caused by increasing plastic pollution. Pictures of impacted wildlife like those of turtles with plastic straws in their nostrils have led to political action around plastic in the oceans.

One researcher is studying plastic waste, not in the oceans, but in Pennsylvania’s rivers, and she’s pushing for solutions.

Penn State (Behrend) chemistry professor Sherri Mason along with her students collected trash from Mill Creek in Erie, Pennsylvania on a recent October morning.